Trek the Loh La: Everest West Side

Tread the historic trails, which is unexplored and pristine- Trek to Loh La Everest West Side

Trek to Loh La is a pioneering high altitude trek to the crest of the Lho La, right on the remote border of Tibet and Nepal.

The efforts, and lightweight style final approach, is well rewarded by spectacular views into the Western Cwm, across the great Northern Walls Mt Nuptse, and directly into the moving “Ice River” of the Khumbu Icefall across the border. The Lhotse face and South west face are seen from here too.

This trek affords perspectives of Mt. Everest which have only been the domain of mountaineers in the past, due to access being available only by a mountaineering permit.

The route followed takes the trail to the North Side of Everest, but continues past the East Rongbuk Glacier to the site of Tilman’s 1938 “Lake Camp”, (west side base camp today) continuing to the site of his old North Face Camp at around 19,000ft before breaking out across the glacier under Everest’s West Ridge to the vantage point of the Lho La. This is where in 1922 George Mallory stood and pronounced the Khumbu Icefall as ‘unclimbable’. His legacy here was to name the hanging glacier above the ice fall, the Western Cwm, as a fond memory of his welsh climbs back home in UK.

For many adventurous people, the Lho La is a more prized (and achievable) goal than the summit of Everest itself due to its historical importance, remoteness, and its unspoilt and pristine condition as an objective; all this without the inherent risks and dangers associated with higher altitude.

The journey begins with an acclimatisation phase in the Kathmandu Valley, before flying to Lhasa and visiting the Potala Palace, the Norbulinka and other Lhasa sites before crossing in 4 x4 vehicles the Tibetan Plateau to the monasteries and forts of Gyantse, Shigatse and Shegar.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu
  • Day 2 Nagarkot
  • Day 3 Nagarkot to lhasa
  • Day 4 Drive Lhasa - Gyantse
  • Day 5 Gyantse to Shigatse
  • Day 6 Shigatse to Xegar
  • Day 7 Xegar to Everest Base Camp (5200m)
  • Day 8 At Base Camp (5200m)
  • Day 9 Everest Base Camp trek
  • Day 10 Trek to West Base Camp
  • Day 11 Rest day at West Base Camp
  • Day 12 Trek to lightweight camp 1
  • Day 13 Trek to lightweight camp 2
  • Day 14 Cross Loh La and return to camp 1 or 2
  • Day 15 Return to West base camp
  • Day 16 Trek
  • Day 17 Road to Nyalam
  • Day 18 Spare day
  • Day 19 Free day in Kathmandu
  • Day 20 Depart Kathmandu

What the Price Includes:

  • Airport arrival and departure transfers and all other ground transport.
  • Internal flights Kathmandu - Lhasa
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • All internal transfers
  • Guided sightseeing in Lhasa.
  • Services of a Sherpa sirdar, Tamang team and porters during the trek (our porters carry a maximum load of 22kg, some operators expect upto 35kg) and lorry for equipment.
  • Tented accommodation on full board basis, including water during trek.
  • All permit charges for CTMA trekking permits, Tibet visas and processing, National Park fees and travel permit papers.
  • Gammow bag (high altitude potable chamber) and medicinal O2.
  • Additional experienced Western mountaineer leader
What the Price Excludes:
  • International flights and taxes
  • Nepalese visa and small Nepal airport departure tax
  • Personal, Medical and evacuation insurance
  • Personal clothing including sleeping bags and sleep mat.
  • Personal equipment. Rental of mountain boots, crampons and ice axe if required (available in Kathmandu)
  • Personal expenses, extra drinks, bottled water, tips and video camera fees in national monuments.

Happy Explorers

Explore Himalaya have been very good in ensuring everything has worked out smoothly. Yalamber has been very helpful and friendly when in Kathmandu, and Bharat was an excellent guide during our trek.

- Kenneth & Fiona MacDougall, Scotland Read Testimonials | Submit Your Testimonial

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